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concerning the Smolensk graves, and then suddenly there came a silence
on this subject but we were and are persisting about the problems of our

*eThis discussion, however^ is pointless for two reasons^ one5 we have
nothing 10 bargain with and two5 cur opponent is neither interested in the
frontier of the Riga Treaty^ nor the Curzon Line^ nor even the * Molotov-
Ribbentrop Line/ he simply wants to smash down the frontier of the
biological endurance of the Polish nation. He does not want any Poland
to exist at ail5 not even the smallest not even some dehydrated * Free City
of Warsaw/ His desire is that those Poles who^ by some miracle,, will be
able to survive^ who will escape Volynian5 Polesian, Podolian and the other
scenes of slaughter^ will be melted in that terrible white-hot heat of the
Russian £ melting pot' which differs as much from America's * melting
pot * as day differs from night . . /'

Brendan Bracken, Minister of Information, firmly refused to re-
consider his decision regarding the suppression of Wiadomosci Pohkie
and5 when questioned about it in the House of Commons on February 16,
added : " I don't believe that British sailors should have to cart paper
across the ocean to provide opportunities for foreigners in this country
to help German propaganda and sow discord among the Allies/'*

There was a great distress among the Poles in Britain and the Middle
East when they realised that in the country which had pledged Polish
independence, their paper, defending the integrity of Polish territory
and the fundamental rights of the Polish nation to an independent
existence, could be suppressed when it seemed as if this defence was
proving unpleasant for some other Allied Power.

Between 1939-1941 the Soviets had refrained from any subversive
Communist activities in the German-occupied territories of Western
Poland. From a revolutionary point of view, this was a notable neglect
on their part, for when Germany began her invasion of Russia., Moscow
found herself without a suitable organisation in the former country's
hinterland capable of conducting a c revolutionary * Fifth Column action.
The unexpected agreement concluded with the Polish Government at
the moment when Russia had been facing disaster, did not hinder them
from repairing this previous neglect and endeavouring to create their
own instrument for internal use in Poland. In which role—whether as
* In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, March 10th, 1944, one of the Polish seamen
answered Brenden Bracken's misrepresentation :
Can it be that the Minister has not yet heard of the services rendered to the
common cause by officers and men of the Polish merchant navy ? The weight of
cargoes carried by Polish merchant ships to the ports of the British Empire con-
siderably outweighs the amount of paper used to print all the British and foreign
papers in Britain during the last four and a half years3 and is equal to the weight of
provisions required for London for twenty-five months—that is3 provisions for the
4,5003OOQ inhabitants of Great Britain for four years. British sailors are not alone
in " carting paper across the ocean."